# Thread: The length of the boundary.

1. ## The length of the boundary.

The length of the boundary differs at different places in a cricket field. Like from pitch to the boundary the length of the boundary at long on is 73 meters.

2. ## Re: The length of the boundary.

The second sentence makes little sense. The first is illogical because the length would always vary if measured from different points. Do you mean that cricket pitches do not have fixed dimensions?

3. ## Re: The length of the boundary.

Are you talking about the distance to the boundary?

4. ## Re: The length of the boundary.

You can only work out the length of a boundary by measuring the distance all the way around the boundary. That would be the circumference. The distance from any point on the pitch out to the boundary would be different depending on where you start.

5. ## Re: The length of the boundary.

The length of the boundary differs at different places in a cricket field. Like from pitch to the boundary the length of the boundary at long on is 73 meters.

I think I understand what you're saying, tufguy, but there are problems, especially regarding the context. When talking about sport, the language can be very different depending on whether you're talking to a knowledgeable fan, or someone who doesn't know much about that sport.

For example, the meaning of the phrase "length of the boundary" would normally be clear to a cricket fan. It refers to the distance between the pitch and the boundary line, i.e. the distance that a ball must travel when hit to the boundary. But many other people would reasonably assume it meant the distance around the boundary line, the circumference.

The first sentence makes a general statement about all cricket grounds, i.e. the distance to the boundary varies at different points. The second sentence gives that distance at long on as 73 metres, as if this were a standard for all cricket grounds, whereas it can only refer to a specific ground because they are all different.

Your second sentence uses the term "long on", indicating a particular position on the field that would be understood by a cricket fan. A non-fan wouldn't know what it meant. It seems to me that someone who knows what "long on" means, would not need to be given the very basic information in the first sentence.

So it's difficult to see what the context of your example might be.
In a situation where you are referring to a specific ground, and talking to someone not very familiar with cricket, you might say something like this.

"The distance (from the pitch) to the boundary varies at different points around a cricket ground. In this case, the distance is 73 metres to the long on boundary."

Assuming you had explained where long on was.

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